How You Can Help Your Child at Home

How Can I Help My Child At Home?




Literacy at Home:


There is a strong correlation between the amount of time spent reading and reading level. The more your child reads, the better they get. This also leads to a higher vocabulary and improved writing skills. Here are some activities you and your child should try at home to give them a literacy jumpstart!

*READ, READ, READ! Reserve at least 15 minutes per day for reading. Provide different types of reading material like books, magazines, newspapers, etc.

* Ways to improve *fluency:

o Model good reading by reading to, or with your child

o Have your child read the same book multiple times

o Read poetry or music lyrics

o Have them read to you, a sibling, or a stuffed animal

*Ways to improve comprehension:

o Let your child choose a book that excites them

o Talk with your child about what they read using vocabulary from the book

o Have them summarize or retell what they read

o Have your child act out the events

o Predict what will happen next

o Discuss what the book reminds you of

*Ways to help if your child is struggling:

o Make sure they are reading a book that is on their level not too difficult, not too easy

o Have them think about the sounds in the words by using similar words as examples

o Make flashcards of difficult words and practice before reading

o Before reading, skim the book with your child and discuss any difficult words

*Fluency reading with expression, reading in phrases (not word by word), reading at a good pace (reading too slow hinders comprehension)




Math at Home:


Here are some math activities you can work on at home.

*Practice skip counting from memory by tens to 100, twos to 20, threes to thirty, fours to forty, fives to fifty and by 25 cents to $1.00. Practice counting back from 18 (or a number less than 18).

*Read dates from a calendar.

*Count coins in amounts up to $1.00.

*Play dominoes and card games. Ask about the relationships that occur during the game. Example: In the card game, Battle, ask, What number expression describes the cards played? (Answers will be like 10 is greater than 6, or 4 is less than 7.) With double 9 dominoes, ask your child to practice addition/subtraction facts to 18 by saying the number sentence for domino drawn (such as 3+6=9) or name the fact family for a domino (such as 9+3=12, 3+9=12, 12-3=9, 12-9=3).

*Ask your child to tell how many ones, tens and hundreds in numbers up to 999. Example: 437 has 4 hundreds, 3 tens and 7 ones.

*Look for patterns and geometric shapes around the house and outside. Predict what comes next for a pattern or sequence of events. Compare how two or more things are alike or different and use language such as: squares/rectangles, triangles, circles, before, after, between, longer/taller, shorter, and more/less.

*Explore estimation by asking, About how much? or About how many? Example: About how many Cheerios are left in your bowl?

*Write number words to twenty. Make up a sentence using the number word.

*Practice reading time to the nearest minute from a traditional clock with hands (non-digital).



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